Hall of fame open­ing to public Tues­day

Cape Breton Post - - GLACE BAY/NEW WATERFORD - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY - DUPE NEW WATER­FORD smont­gomery@cb­post.com

The public is in­vited to celebrate the open­ing of the New Water­ford and Dis­trict Sports Her­itage Hall of Fame. Ron Mac­Don­ald, com­mit­tee mem­ber, said a cer­e­mony will be tak­ing place Tues­day, July 21, in the Gil­lis-Watts room on the sec­ond floor of the New Water­ford and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. “The sports her­itage hall of fame is now lo­cated in­side the Gil­lis-Watts room.” There will be a rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony fea­tur­ing for­mer Cana­dian light­weight cham­pion Les Gil­lis and Mar­shall Desveaux. “Peo­ple will be able to come in and look around at the mem­o­ra­bilia.” The first in­duc­tion to the hall of fame took place three years ago but there wasn’t a venue to ex­hibit mem­o­ra­bilia. How­ever Mac­Don­ald said they ended up get­ting a $ 50,000 grant from the province of Nova Sco­tia and $20,000 from the for­mer En­ter­prise Cape Bre­ton Cor­po­ra­tion to ren­o­vate a room in the New Water­ford and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Ren­o­va­tions were com­pleted last fall. Dis­play cases were re­cently in­stalled. “This is the third year since in­duc­tions be­gan. All pre­vi­ous awards are be­ing dis­played.” In the mean­time, Mac­Don­ald said the com­mit­tee is reach­ing out to the public for sports mem­o­ra­bilia, which may be of in­ter­est from past gen­er­a­tions. “If you have any which you think may be of in­ter­est, we’d like to give you the op­por­tu­nity to have them dis­played in a se­cured area.” Mem­o­ra­bilia could range from photos, news­pa­per clip­ping, hockey gear, box­ing gloves, and so on. Mac­Don­ald said peo­ple can dis­play things tem­po­rar­ily or per­ma­nently. “Les Gil­lis is plan­ning on dis­play­ing the gloves he used in the Lawrence Hafey fight.” Any­one wish­ing more in­for­ma­tion is asked to tele­phone Ron Mac­Don­ald at 902-8622988.

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